Baritone and Piano
G Butterworth Six songs from A Shropshire Lad
J Ireland Summer Schemes, Sea Fever, Great Things
I Gurney Desire in Spring, Walking Song, Severn Meadows, Captain Stratton’s Fancy
B Britten Folksong arrangements
R Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel
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Roderick Williams and Susie Allan met as students and first worked together at the Kathleen Ferrier awards in the 1990s. They learned their trade touring Britain as winners of an National Federation of Music Societies (NFMS) award. Since then they have performed far and wide and have recorded several albums of English song. This countryside of Great Britain has inspired so many poets and composers to put pen to paper that the term ‘pastoral’ has been coined to describe a certain mode of English expression. This recital programme celebrates some of the very best British music, seeped in rural folk song and tradition.
Roderick Williams is one of the most sought after baritones of his generation and enjoys relationships with all the major UK and European opera houses. In 2016 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Singer award and the prize for best choral composition at the British Composer Awards.
Educated at Worcester College, Oxford, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, pianist Susie Allan has recently been appointed as a Repertoire Coach at the Royal Academy of Music.